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Wednesday, 31 October, 2001, 13:58 GMT
Man 'kicked attack victim in the head'
Jonathan Woodgate
Jonathan Woodgate denies all charges
A student has told the trial of two footballers that she was 'sickened' by the sight of a man being kicked in the head during a city centre attack.

Amelia Williams told Hull Crown Court that she had been walking through Leeds with her boyfriend when she witnessed a man being set upon by a group of up to five men.


It was a very hard kick, a swinging kick - horrible

Witness Amelia Williams
The 23-year-old said: "The men ran off and then one man ran back and kicked the man lying on the floor in the head," said Miss Williams.

"It was a very hard kick, a swinging kick - horrible. And I had to turn away, I was sickened."

Leeds footballers Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer are alleged to have taken part in the attack on 21-year-old student Sarfraz Najeib in Mill Hill, Leeds, following a confrontation outside a nightclub on 12 January last year.

England defender Mr Woodgate, 21, from Middlesbrough, Under-21 international Mr Bowyer, 24, from Leeds and co-accused Paul Clifford and Neale Caveney, both 22, and from Middlesbrough, deny causing Mr Najeib grievous bodily harm with intent.

They also deny affray.

Miss Williams said she and her boyfriend saw one of the attackers pick the man on the floor up by his chest and hit him before the group ran off.

Victim 'unconscious'

The victim appeared to be unconscious, she said.

Sarfraz Najeib
Sarfraz Najeib suffered a broken cheek bone
As the couple walked away, she said they heard a group of people running behind them.

One of them - the same man she had seen kicking the victim in the head - barged between them, winding her, she said.

Another man, whom she had later identified as Mr Woodgate, stopped, fell over and helped her to her feet.

"He picked me up by the shoulder and said `Are you all right love?'," said Miss Williams.

"He ran off down the street after the other men."

She said she was left feeling a little angry "and still frightened by what I had seen".

Miss Williams said that she had identified Woodgate in video footage but had not picked out Mr Bowyer.

She had also attended two conventional ID parades attended by Clifford and Caveney and had failed to identify them.

The case continues.


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